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RE: Holcombe Moor and environs


Best from a longer circuit this morning:

2 Buzzard and 1 Little Owl.

2 Great Spotted and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Red-legged Partridge calling again.

2 pairs Stonechat and 1 pair Wheatear with at least 2 fledged young.

Singles of Garden Warbler ( first record here this year) and Whitethroat.

1 Lesser Redpoll.

 



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Best from a morning circuit before the rain set in:

1 Buzzard and 1 Little Owl.

1 Red- legged Partridge calling.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. ( 2 Green Woodpecker seen by another birder)

5 Raven.

Flock of c25 Swift.

1 Stonechat and 2 Wheatear.

1 Treecreeper.

2 Lesser Redpoll.

 



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A Hobby was the undoubted star bird of a short morning circuit through Redisher Wood. It circled a few times over the Wood before drifting off north. Also Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Lapwing and 2 Grey Wagtail.



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First visit for 3 weeks, but still some interest:

Singing Grasshopper Warbler seen well, along with Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Goldcrest.

1 Grey Wagtail.

At least 3 Lapwing.

Single Buzzard and Little Owl.

Pair Stonechat and 1 Lesser Redpoll.

Decent sized flock of post breeding Starling with at least 200 birds.



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Evening walk with V Irving and B Ennie

2 of the 3 pairs of Stonechat in the valley along Moorbottom Rd now have fledged young ..2 with each pair .

Could be a good year for them here ..



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This a.m. with Malcolm, highlights were, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear. Heard only were Cuckoo and 2 Grasshopper Warbler.
Cheers Ian

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Best from a short evening circuit:

1 Cuckoo and 1 Green Woodpecker on the ranges. 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat.



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2 Cuckoo this morning ..One still on the Ranges and another  above the conifers in Quarlton .



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Cuckoo present on the eastern side of the Moor at about 19.00. Later seen to fly round the southern end of the Moor and continue up the Red Brook Valley.

Also the Red- legged Partridge seems to have found a mate, as 2 birds were present on the western edge of the Moor. Other birds of note:

1 Curlew bubbling.

1 Green Woodpecker.

1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat and 1 Lesser Redpoll.



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Cuckoo again this afternoon around Paddys Pond woodland 



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Holcombe Moor in the rain:

Raven
Meadow pipit
Stonechat
Linnet
Green woodpecker
Skylark
Wheatear


 



-- Edited by Kevin Forde on Friday 26th of April 2019 08:02:05 PM

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An interesting short evening circuit with the highlight being a mixed flock of Fieldfare and Ring Ouzel. Initially I saw 2 Fieldfare and 1 male Ring Ouzel on the moorland edge above Moorbottom Road, but a little later a flock of 12 birds took off and headed north. I think it was 8 Fieldfare and 4 Ring Ouzel, but I could only be sure of 3.

Also 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Wheatear and 1 Stonechat.



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Best from a short evening circuit:

Presumably the same Red-legged Partridge as seen by Rob, but it was inadvertently flushed from the western edge of the Moor and flew down into the valley.

Also 1 Little Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Wheatear, 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Lesser Redpoll.



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Nice afternoon bimble around the moors .. all the Fieldfare would appear to have departed and a Red-legged Partridge has appeared in the sheep fields .  Only 3rd one I've seen up here 



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Cuckoo in Saplin Wood this morning ..2 Grasshopper Warbler also in the valley ..



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3 Ring Ouzel during this morning's 2 Holcombe BBS surveys. 



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5 Ring Ouzel, Grasshopper Warbler, Swallow, 2 Stonechat, Wheatear, Skylark, Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff and loads of Green Hairstreak butterflies.



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3 Ring Ouzel this evening in the same area on Eastern slope above Moorbottom Road and still plenty of Fieldfare in the valley bottom ... 



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At last! 2(1m,1f) Ring Ouzel at the north end of the Red Brook valley. Not in previously reported locations but in the broken ground east of the stream. Best of the rest:

1 Curlew and 5 Lapwing.

4 Buzzard, 2 Little Owl.

Willow Warbler everywhere with a few Blackcap and Chiffchaff.

12 Wheatear, 5 Stonechat.

6 Lesser Redpoll.



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Couldnt find any Ring Ouzel during a late visit- my third failed attempt! Still 30+ Fieldfare in the valley bottom and some compensation in the form of a Tawny Owl, my first site record.



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5 Ring Ouzel this evening together in one of the steep rocky gullies on the eastern slope above Moorbottom Road..still plenty of Fieldfare in the sheep fields.



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2 Ring Ouzel amongst the sheep below Moorbottom Road and a pair of Stonechat in Red Brook this morning ..

Info fm V Irving ..



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09:35 am Moorbottom rd with Ian C
3 Ring Ouzel 2f 1m possibly another male.
130+ Fieldfare..
2 Stonechat.
2 wheatear
12 Linnet.
1 Green woodpecker.
1 Willow warbler.

Cheers Steven

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Two Ring Ouzel on Moorbottom Rd between the gate with the stiles and the flagpole this evening.

Info courtesy of Gary Taylor 



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Best from a short late morning circuit:

42 Fieldfare still present, but couldnt find anything else among them. Also 2 Buzzard, 5 Lapwing, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Swallow and 1 Lesser Redpoll.



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Ring Ouzel and c40 Fieldfare amongst the sheep near The Glen below Moorbottom Road .. c10 Wheatear in the area and a pair of Stonechat in the dead braken below Red Brook .. Sparrowhawk and 2 Buzzard also in the area . 

Red Kite flew east above Red Brook across towards White Hill at 0815.. 10 years since I've last seen one here in the same place above Red Brook 



-- Edited by rob archer on Friday 5th of April 2019 10:32:55 AM



-- Edited by rob archer on Friday 5th of April 2019 10:33:28 AM

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A good total of 42 species on a morn8ng circuit from 7.10 to 10.45 with the highlights being:

2 Buzzard.

4 Lapwing.

2 Green Woodpecker ( no Great Spotted)

25 Fieldfare and a Mistle Thrush on a nest.

5 Wheatear.

4 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Lesser Redpoll in Redisher Wood.

 



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c40 Fieldfare feeding amongst the sheep by The Glen below Moorbottom Rd this evening .

Single Wheatear and a Stonechat in the same area on a great evening walk with V Irving 



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My first Wheatear of the year during a short afternoon circuit. It was singing on the western side of the moor. Also 1 bubbling Curlew and 2 Lapwing.



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Highlights from a morning circuit 7.00 to 10.10:

2 Lesser Redpoll - amazingly my first record of the year!

2 Little Owl.

3 Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Dipper and 2 Grey Wagtail in Redisher Wood.

1 Raven.

3 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest.

Lots of singing Meadow Pipit (20+) have now joined the Skylark on the higher ground.



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39 species during a morning circuit 7.20 to 10.10 with the best being:

1 Buzzard, my first here for a while, and 2 Little Owl.

5 Lapwing.

3 Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Still good numbers of Skylark on the higher ground.

1 Dipper.

Bullfinch, Goldcrest and Treecreeper in Redisher Wood.

A bit cooler than last week!



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Large number of Jays in trees on Redisher Lane. 2 Lapwings on water off Redisher Lane. Heard a woodpecker drumming but unfortunately not seen.

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3 Lapwings on the water opposite Redisher Lane Male and female Goosander on Simons Lodge Number of Long Tailed tits

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Of note during short circular walk through Redisher Woods today 10.30am. Nuthatch 3 Tree Creeper Grey Wagtail in the Brook 2 Jay Wren

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Highlights from a longer circuit this morning 7.30 to 11.00:

Singing Skylark everywhere! Probably 40 birds in total.

Stock Dove singles or pairs in 4 locations.

Grey Wagtail.

2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

2 Little Owl.

2 singing Reed Bunting.



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Of interest during a morning circuit 9.00 to 11.15:

3 Goosander on the pond in Redisher Wood and a single Dipper nearby.

1 Green Woodpecker.

1 Kestrel and 2 Little Owl.

2 Goldcrest singing.

A few returning Skylark on the higher ground with at least 3 birds singing. 

 

 



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Highlights from a morning circuit 8.00 to 10.20:

2 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Dipper in Redisher Wood. Also 6 Song Thrush in full song!

5 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare and 1 Mistle Thrush.

1 Raven and 1 Little Owl.

 



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Limited highlights from a low level circuit in the murk and 4/5 inches of snow:

My first site record of Teal, with 3 on the pond in Redisher Wood.

1 male Goosander swimming down Red Brook!

1 Buzzard and 1 Jay.



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37 species noted during morning circuit 8.30 to 11.30 including:

Kingfisher, Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail and a Stock Dove in Redisher Wood.

Great Black- backed Gull on sheep carcass.

c30 Fieldfare and 1 Redwing on the rifle range.

Prolonged views of Peregrine including a spell of aerial combat with a Raven.

1 Little Owl and 1 Kestrel.



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Best from a morning circuit 8.50 to 11.15:

2 Little Owl.

1 Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Dipper and Grey Wagtail in Redisher Wood.

1 Redwing and 2 Treecreeper.



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Best from a morning circuit 9.00 to 11.00:

1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel and 2 Little Owl.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest in Redisher Wood.

Good sized mixed flock near the stables that included 8 Mistle Thrush together, a few Fieldfare, 30 Goldfinch and 50+ Starling.

3 Lesser Redpoll and 4 Greenfinch.

Couldnt find any Dippers today. 



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Highlights of a morning circuit 8.30 to 11.20:

3 Red Grouse in the mist on the high ground.

3 Grey Wagtail and 2 Goldcrest in Redisher Wood.

Mistle Thrush defending the berries on a holly tree against all comers that included a Woodpigeon, a Jay, several Redwing and a Fieldfare!

And the one that got away... distant views of a blackbird that appeared to have a pale throat and pale wing panels. It dropped down from a tree into an area of dead ground and couldnt be relocated despite a search of the area. 

 



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Highlights from a morning circuit:

Small numbers of Redwing, Fieldfare and Mistle Thrush in Red Brook valley.

Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Great Spotted Woodpecker in the woodland.

1 Snipe flushed from the high ground of the moor, my first record since the spring.

1 Little Owl.



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Best from a short morning circuit in the drizzle:

1 Dipper.

30+ Fieldfare and at least 4 Redwing.

1 Goldcrest.

Compact group of 7 Bullfinch and at least 2 Siskin.

1 Raven over.



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Best from a morning circuit 8.00 to 11.20:

2 Dipper in Redisher Wood.

2 Treecreeper, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Stock Dove, also in the Wood.

150 Pink - footed Goose over to the south east.

First site record of Great Black-backed Gull.

5 Raven.

1 Little Owl.

And a new record count of 37 Mallard on the Redisher Wood pond!



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3 Red Grouse the highlight of a short afternoon circuit. They were flushed by a dog walker in the area to the north of Peel Tower, and were my first site record since the snow in February 2016. Also 2 Little Owl.



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Best from a morning circuit 7.30 to 10.30:

1 Green Woodpecker.

5 Redwing and 3 Mistle Thrush.

Still lots of Jay activity with at least 10 birds.

3 Grey Wagtail In Redisher Wood.

c130 Woodpigeon.

1 Little Owl and 1 Kestrel

 



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Best from an afternoon circuit:

1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker and a flock of c60 Woodpigeon in Redisher Wood.



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Of interest during morning circuit 8.30 to 12.00:

Two flocks of Fieldfare, 50 and 30. 1 Redwing among them and 5 Mistle Thrush.

c20 Meadow Pipit still on the higher ground. 1 Grey Wagtail.

2 Raven and still plenty of Jay activity.

1 Little Owl and 1 Kestrel.



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Highlights from a circuit after the rain 10.00 until 12.50:

My first site record of Brambling with 3, possibly 4, birds on the east side of the Moor. Also 6 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch and 3 Reed Bunting.

3 Stonechat, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest.

Only a single Meadow Pipit on the high ground.

1 Little Owl and 1 Kestrel.

Record count of 27 Mallard on the pond in Redisher Wood!



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